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How to make a bird bath

You will need

Terracotta pot

Terracotta saucer

All-purpose glue or ceramic tile adhesive suitable for outdoor use


Do it: all year round
Takes just: 15 minutes (plus 24 hours drying time)


Birds not only use water to drink, but they also bathe in it, helping them fluff up their feathers to insulate themselves against the cold. Experts have also found that clean birds are more streamlined, so can escape from predators quickly. Our bird bath is elevated, which will offer birds a better view of stalking cats.

How to do it


Scrub clean the base of your terracotta pot, then apply a generous layer of waterproof glue or tile adhesive to the base.


Place the saucer on the base of the pot, settling it into the glue. Leave it for 24 hours to ensure that the glue dries thoroughly.


Place the bath in a suitable spot, such as the edge of a border. Add stones so birds can perch to drink fresh, clean water.

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Susan Pric 18/11/2013 at 08:46

When feeding birds we seem to encourage Rats could you please tell me how to continue feeding the birds without getting the rats into our garden

obelixx 18/11/2013 at 09:19

Rats are never far away in tow or country so feeding birds can just make them more visible, especially in cold weather when they become bolder about nicking food in daylight.

I get round the problem by using hanging fat ball and peanut feeders and limiting the amount of loose seed I put down for gorund feeders so it' sgone by night fall.  I've also taken one of those cheap rectangular compost sievs you can buy, stapled some fine net mesh to it to catch small seeds and suspended it from teh same place as the fat balls.  It gets a supply of loose seed every day and most of the ground feeders - except the chaffinches - have adapted to feeding from it.  That means even less spare food for the rats.

I also bung sachets of rat poison down their tunnels when I find them.

flowering rose 18/11/2013 at 14:44

she is right they are never far away,best not to leave any loose food about .To tell the truth they climb anything if they want but the best is clear up dropped food and let the local come in to do some rat catching but not bird  catching so leave food containers well away from any ground cover but near a bush so they can dive in if a sparrow hawk is about.

Lyn 19/11/2013 at 11:13

God idea to sweep uo anything thats on the ground by dusk.

We find now that the only effective rat poison is Neosorexa